Course Descriptions

Reading Education

RDG 203
Learner Development and Early Literacy
3 credits

Students examine language and its relationship to developing literacy in English based on one’s native language. Students develop an awareness of social and cultural language differences, language acquisition of young children across cultural and linguistic groups, assessment and intervention of language and communication, facilitation of literacy, and the relationship of oral language to the development of writing and reading.

RDG 308
Diagnosis and Correction of Learning Differences in Reading
3 credits

The focus is on the nature and causes of reading difficulties as well as an examination of methods, techniques, and materials used in diagnosing and correcting reading-related difficulties. Attention is focused on the learner and interpretation of physiological, psychological, sociological, emotional, cultural, linguistic and educational factors which influence reading achievement. Provisions are made for identification, analysis, and interpretation of informal and formal measures of reading performance and for the development of instructional strategies employed in the remediation process. Students are introduced to the issues faced by ELLs regarding assessment (i.e. accountability, bias, language proficiency, testing accommodations.)